New To SLP4
A lot of people have upgraded to Store Locator Plus 4 or are trying the latest version of Store Locator Plus for the first time. For those of you still on the fence, here are some reasons you may want to consider upgrading.
For those of you that do not know what a “responsive website” is, the simple answer is a website that readily adapts from a desktop presentation to a mobile presentation without causing odd wrapping or font sizes. Your website is usable by users visiting from a computer browser or on their smaller screen mobile devices. For a well designed WordPress Theme the Store Locator Plus 4 layout plays well with responsive designs. The hard-coded HTML tables are no longer standing in the way of automatic wrapping. Graphic Designers and User Experience professionals love the new HTML5 and CSS design elements of Store Locator Plus
Move stuff around to match your site design. Put the map next to the results. Re-order the fields on the search form. It is all possible with the various add-on packs, Pro Pack for general layout changes, Enhanced Search to tweak the search form, Enhanced Map to change the info bubbles on the map, and Enhanced Results to change the search results layout. Design is now in your hands with no coding required. Use edit boxes and short codes to put everything exactly where you want it.
Improved Data Import and Export
Fire up the Pro Pack and import your custom CSV files with a new “header defines fields” option, allowing you to add or drop Store Locator Plus data columns with ease. Export your entire locations list to a CSV file for tweaking or moving locations between sites.
More Categorization Tools
Use Tagalong to categorization your locations. Mark hotels that have a pool, a business center, and a restaurant with icons that you visitors can easily identify. Put the icon legend on the user interface with the Pro Pack layout tool. While you are at it why not add a built-in cascading menu to help users filter out locations, one click and its done with the Tagalong add-on. Don’t like where the category menu appears in the search form? Change it with the Enhanced Search layout controls.
Featured and Ranked Locations
Added just this week, the latest version of Enhanced Results gets even more features when combined with the brand-new Super Extendo add-on pack. With both add-on packs installed your location data is extended to include a new featured location checkbox and a rank entry field. Features locations are highlighted automatically with the Default and eLogix SLP Themes with more featured-location-friendly themes in the pipeline for future patches to the base plugin. Use Enhanced Results sort order settings to change the order of locations to display featured items at the top of the list. Or put them in a specific order by the rank setting.
More Store Pages Controls
Management of Store Pages has been improved with new settings to auto-publish locations versus defaulting to draft status. Inline controls on the Manage Locations interface now allow you to quickly edit, trash, or change the published status of your locations.
Active Development, New Features
Store Locator Plus 4 and the related add-on packs are in active development. New features are planned throughout the Store Locator Plus 4 life cycle. Inline updates will bring new features to your purchased add-on packs and the base plugin as work begins on the features Wish List. Performance and extensibility improvements are being made on a weekly basis. Upgrade to Store Locator Plus 4 and get all of the above features plus any fresh new features I can squeeze into the product during the weekly development cycle.
Keep up-to-date on the latest patches and features via the Store Locator Plus 4 Change Log posts. You can always find the latest versions and what has changed from week-to-week in these routine blog posts.
Just Out Of The Pipeline
Works with other add-on packs to extend location data and add new features. Currently configured to work with Enhanced Results to add a featured location and ranked location field. Plans are to extend this to allow user-managed/created fields.
A free add-on pack that blasts known Store Locator Plus settings from the WordPress options table while keeping location data intact. Also allows an “inside look” at the settings. It will be extended to pull options data from all of the add-on packs. Currently works with the base plugin, Enhanced Results, Pro Pack, and Super Extendo,
In The Pipeline
For those of you that actually read these posts, here are some of the things that are in development thanks to sponsored customization requests from other customers…
Enhanced Search : Discrete State Search
A new feature coming to Enhanced Search replaces the current “show state drop down” on/off option with a new “hidden, drop down as address input, drop down as discrete filter” option. The last option will provide a drop down the is constructed from the states in your locations table, but unlike the current “drop down as address input” feature the new feature will limit results to only those listed in that state. While I’m at it I may have a “do not limit results to a radius” option as well, ensuring all locations in that state come back.
Pro Pack : Update Locations
Currently with skip duplicates enabled your CSV import will not update location data if the name and address match what is already in the database. This new option will tell Store Locator Plus to update the existing record if the name and address match, allowing for a quick way to change secondary elements such as descriptions, phone numbers, or site URLs via a CSV import.
ETA is by December 2013 for both features.